Monday, August 1, 2011
2 Float Planes Collide Mid Air in Alaska Leaving 4 Dead
The Cessna 180 on fire as locals desperately attempt to save the passengers on board.
Firefighters at the scene of the crash after putting out the fire.
The Cessna 206 after making the emergency landing.
The collision took place around Amber Lake near Trapper Creek, 80 miles north of Anchorage, on Saturday.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Associated Press on Sunday that one of the planes, a Cessna 180, crashed and burned, killing four people.
The second plane, a Cessna 206, sustained significant damage but was able to return to Anchorage International Airport and make an emergency landing after the collision.
Pilot Kevin Earp of Eagle River was alone in the aircraft and uninjured, Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said.
The crash came nearly three weeks after another in-flight collision during which the 13 people aboard the two aircraft were miraculously left unhurt.